THANK YOU VERY VERY much, Andy!!!
It's a pretty cool idea to fake a Windows 8 environment while installing the legacy driver.
Andy, it seems, you really saved the Windows 10 installation on this notebook, because after all this "The Radeon ... series products do not meet Windows 10 hardware requirements." trash as so-called "support" reply, I was about to install Windows 8.1, because we needed the notebook as a reliable tool (it's usually not used to play with)
Okay, just for the record:
The HD 4650 (M96) of mine is part of an i3-370M notebook. First, I had some problems installing the 13.4 driver as you did, because the CCC refused to start showing an error message like "ccc.implementation could not load". See GPU-26494: How to troubleshoot a MOM.implementation or CLI.implementation error message that occurs during installation … for details.
I wasn't sure if the MS Visual C++ 2013 Runtime was part of the problem, so I unstalled it.
With the following installation, I had no problems to install the driver itself (as you'd mentioned).
Installation of 13.1:
1. I used the AMDCleanupUtility to remove all of the AMD driver remnants (try to find it in the AMD/ATI folders in Program Files, if you already had some driver installed. This could be the same tool, but I haven't tried)
2. I performed a reboot into "basic" mode
3. I installed the 13.1 legacy driver the way Andy described (as admin with Windows 8 compatibility) (if this is not your first attempt, you might want to start "C:\AMD\Support\13-1-legacy_vista_win7_win8_64_dd_ccc\Setup.exe" that way)
4. I let the Catalyst Installation Manager install all the available options (in user-defined mode)
5. During installation, it the resolution switched to the notebook's native resolution (1680x945), which indicates, that the driver itself was successfully installed
6. I rebooted, the native resolution returned, and I played around a bit, but had no problems
Before, I got something like: Parts of the screen contents were suddenly misplaced; I saw artefacts; white screens; crashes; reboots; anything like this;
And worst: The BSOD "VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE in atikmpag.sys" during multiple reboots
To stress the driver even in 3D, I installed Asphalt 8 from the store and tried to play it: No artefacts, no crashing (but the cars ), no judder (please translate "Keine Ruckler", if needed ), very smooth to play.
I didn't want to benchmark the system, I just tried to see if it would crash.
Thanks a lot!
Finally some technical data (taken from Aida64)
DirectX Hardware Support DirectX v10.1
WDDM Version WDDM 1.1
Video Adapter Properties
Device Description ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Adapter String ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
BIOS String BR36676.001
Chip Type ATI display adapter (0x9480)
DAC Type Internal DAC(400MHz)
Driver Date 16.11.2012
Driver Version 8.970.100.7000
Driver Provider Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Memory Size 1 GB
atiumdag 7.14.10.0911 - AMD Catalyst 12.5 Beta
One last thing:
I disabled the Windows 10 automatic driver download (no unwanted gifts)...
See (System -> Advanced system setting => ) System properties -> Hardware -> Device Installation Settings -> "No, let me choose ..." -> "Never install ..."
Your very welcome glad it worked for you in the end.
I couldn't get the 13.4 to work, but the 13.1 installed with no probs. I can use my external monitor again. Thanks a mill.
Great. Compatibility mode installed the program. How does the catalyst program help?
For others, you can install the driver even if the catalyst program fails (when you don't use compatibility mode). Then uninstall catalyst.
I looked at the catalyst program and can't find a compelling reason to keep it. Resource drain is why not.
Has anyone had positive results from installing it?
Me personally needed it for the overscan feature to remove black borders on my monitor. Other people may need it for plenty of other features but thats up to them. If your computer is not powerful enough eg. Low resources then uninstall catalyst if you don't need it.